Beginning January 1, Holmdel Township households can put out all the recycling to the curb, in the same container.
That means all the metal cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office paper and mixed papers can be combined in the container, as long as it does not exceed more than 50 lbs.
The Township Committee voted to make the switch to single-stream at their last meeting after learning they could save $39,001 in 2013.
Switching to single stream recycling in 2013 is also contributing to an annual decrease of the Township’s recycling contract by approximately 30%, said Recycling Coordinator Barbara Kovelesky, who is also now serving as Interim Township Clerk.
There will be no change in the collection schedule. Future Sanitation of Farmingdale will continue to do the pick-ups. The recyclables are sorted by machines and sent to landfills in different parts of the country.
"Its a convenience, more than anything," said Future Sanitation salesman Bernie Neuhaus. "It's a greener way of doing things. The easier we can make it for the public, the more receptive they are going to be to recycle."